Weekly Round-up: September 22, 2017

Stay up-to-date with our many communities: Here’s what’s been happening this week in the intersecting worlds of pro-Israel and the LGBTQ community!



Transgender superstar Dana International was surprised to meet a devoted fan from Lebanon, Daniel, who came to meet his idol.”I know that Dana’s personal story is something big,” Daniel said, “but she’s more than that, she’s a symbol of freedom, she’s a symbol of tolerance.” Ynet News

Israel commits to introduce legislation by June 2018, responding to a court petition challenging the discrimination in the current adoption law against LGBTQ people. Haaretz

A Wider Bridge has been working with Israel on Campus Coalition to strengthen the pro-Israel movement, and to create a safer environment for pro-Israel and Jewish students. We are pleased to see that anti-Israel activism on college campuses across the United States has declined, according this new report, and we’re proud to support pro-Israel students and organizations with building relationships with LGBTQ students. The Jerusalem Post

Back in June, Midwest Manager of A Wider Bridge, Laurie Grauer, was kicked out from the Chicago Dyke March for carrying a rainbow flag with the Jewish star of David on it. The incident caused a stir in both the Jewish and the LGBT communities at large. JTA marked this story as one of the top 10 stories that mattered to Jews in the current Jewish year that comes to an end. JTA


A revised draft of the bill for a new basic law defining Israel’s identity as a nation-state requires courts rule “in light of the principles of Jewish law” in matters for which there is no current law or legal precedent. The proposal has been criticized as potentially discriminatory toward women, Arabs and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Haaretz

Queer pop icon Morrissey’s upcoming new album features two songs with titles making reference to Israel, it has been confirmed. The Jewish Chronicle

Whisper it, but Israel’s ultra-orthodox community is starting to talk about homosexuality: Observers say there is a growing understanding among many Haredim that the previously taboo subject can no longer be ignored. Haaretz


MICHIGAN — This summer has presented numerous challenges for the LGBTQ and Jewish communities of North America and Israel. Now more than ever, we need to explore ways of bringing our communities together. On Tuesday, LGBTQ and Pro-Israel will gather at the Holocaust Memorial Center. A Wider Bridge

NEW YORK — Peter Fox, a magazine writer who focuses on LGBT issues and Jewish identity politics, mourns the passing of Edie Windsor and reflects on how she exemplified the best of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to be gay. The Times of Israel


An ultra-orthodox Member of the Israeli Knesset was forced to resign after it was revealed that he attended a gay wedding. But Haaretz’s contributor Anshel Pfeffer urge you not to hurry and crown him as hero of this Jewish year. In fact, Pfeffer says, this Knesset Member remains homophobe. Haaretz

Haaretz editorial: “High Court’s excision of support for marriage equality from PSA is deceptive and unnecessary.” Haaretz

Popular British magazine Gay Times flew to Israel for an unforgettable journey through Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the Judean Desert and Mitzpe Ramon – and didn’t forget to explore the much-alive and present LGBT+ life. Gay Times

After being forced to resign from the Knesset after he attended his gay nephew’s wedding, former MK Yigal Guetta (Shas) notes he holds no grudges and does not regret his actions, only apologizing to the citizens of Israel for failing to promote important bipartisan issues. Ynet News


A Wider Bridge would like to thank the Natan Fund for their generous support of our work. Natan was our first institutional funder, and continues to support innovative community organizations, including several LGBTQ initiatives. We’re thrilled to have Natan’s support this year for our Israel operations, which will further our mission advancing equality in Israel, and equality for Israel. A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge Midwest is currently recruiting for our first ever campus initiative, A Wider Bridge University. A Wider Bridge